Hard work paid off for Wayne (N.J.) Hills 2017 prospect Brendan DeVera with a special phone call Sunday with Rutgers football.
DeVera, who recently committed to Delaware, faces a decision after the Scarlet Knights offered him. Always on the Rutgers recruiting board, DeVera's stock shot upward after offensive coordinator Jerry Kill laid out his vision for the 2017 class.
“I just got a call from coach Kill and he told me that I had an offer,” DeVera said. “It's an offer for h-back, kind of a hybrid running back, fullback, tight end role. I talked to [assistant Bill] Busch, too.”
DeVera led Wayne Hills for a state title as a quarterback and linebacker. He played alongside Rutgers receiver commit Tyler Hayek.
“[Hayek told me] of course they had a bit of a down year but that's because coach Ash is rebuilding the program. I love that he hired coach Kill. He has a good resume and what he has set up behind him. I'm just going to weigh my options and see what's going on.”
Kill played a decisive role in DeVera's offer.
“I like the kind of guy that he is,” DeVera said. “He's the first guy who believed in me. He really fought for me. He wants me to start as a freshman. I'd have big things to live up to if I decide to make the switch.”
DeVera camped multiple times in front of Ash. His relationship and interest in the program dates back to underclassman camps under former coach Kyle Flood. DeVera committed to Delaware last week, and would not change that status without conversations with coaches and family.
“Nothing is set in stone as of right now, but I'm still committed to Delaware,” he said.